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ASUS Transformer Prime Coming in December for $500

The ASUS Transformer Prime has been detailed alongside the official launch of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip that powers the device.  The tablet will be going on sale globally in December and will start at $500 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model with a 64GB Wi-Fi model going for $600.  When it goes on sale, it will take the mantle as the world’s first quad-core tablet.

The device will center on a 10-inch 1280×800 Super IPS+ display protected by Gorilla Glass.  It will have a wide 178-degree viewing angle with a maximum brightness of 600 nits.  Its quad-core Tegra 3 processor will be matched with 1GB of RAM, while it will also have a GPS module, a gyroscope, SonicMaster audio and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Prime’s rear camera will be 8-megapixels and is capable of capturing 1080p video courtesy of its CMOS backlit sensor.

Although rumored to have a battery life lasting up to 14 hours, it will in fact last around 12 hours using its 22Wh battery according to ASUS.  The $150 keyboard dock accessory will add an additional six-hours of battery life, while it will continue to sport a USB 2.0 port and a full-size SD card slot.  The tablet itself has a micro SD card slot, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a micro HDMI port.

The tablet is 0.33-inches thin and weighs 1.29 grams.  When it ships, it will be available in two colors, amethyst gray and champagne gold.

AT&T To Ship First LTE Phones November 6

AT&T has just announced their first two LTE-equipped smartphones.  The HTC Vivid is its adaptation of theRaider and merges a 4.5-inch, 540×960 screen with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon.  An eight-megapixel camera with a very wide-aperture f2.2, 28mm equivalent lens helps it in low light and with shallow depth of field.  The design is mostly untouched and runs on Android 2.3 with Sense on top.  It carries 16GB of built-in space along with a microSDHC card slot for 32GB more.  In a rare choice on AT&T, the phone will arrive in both black and white and will cost $200 on a contract, making it one of the least expensive LTE phones in the US.

AT&T’s other phone, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, is a one-for-one adaptation of the Galaxy S II LTE to its network.  Like the version already on sale at Rogers in Canada, its 4.5-inch, 480×800 screen isn’t as big or as high-resolution as the Galaxy Nexus, but it uses a more visually pleasing Super AMOLED Plus screen.  It uses a 1.5GHz Exynos chip and has the same eight-megapixel rear camera, two-megapixel front camera, and 16GB of storage plus microSDHC as it does elsewhere.  The Android 2.3-running Skyrocket will carry a premium at $250 on a contract.

Both phones will be available November 6 and will be part of AT&T’s first expansion of its fledgling LTE network.